A HEROIC off-duty police officer is set to receive a commendation after saving the life of an unresponsive motorcyclist lying the road.

Police Constable Liz Ferris was driving along Maldon Road, Tiptree, on Tuesday, June 30, when she noticed the biker in the road.

The experience constable, who has work for Essex Police for 15 years, put her training into practice and immediately started CPR on the man.

She performed the life-saving treatment for as long as 15 minutes until passing paramedics were flagged down and able to assist.

Liz, who is based at Stanway Roads Policing Unit, has since been put forward for a commendation for her actions.

She said: “I was driving home and I noticed the man on the floor.

"He didn't have a pulse and my initial reaction was to try and save him - it was a long 10 plus minutes.

"Fortunately, members of the public were able to flag down passing paramedics and the man started breathing.

“I’ve been told I’ve been put forward for a commendation and it’s nice to get recognition.

“I hope the motorcyclist is well and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Paramedics used a defibrillator whilst PC Ferris continued CPR at the scene until the rider started breathing again.

He was taken then to hospital by air ambulance.

PC Ferris is no stranger to helping people and saving lives and in January 2018 she helped pull a vulnerable man to safety after he was found in freezing waters in the River Thames off the Canvey coastline.

Adam Pipe, head of Essex Police’s Roads Policing, confirmed he had received an email from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust about Liz’s actions.


  • Head of roads policing with Essex Police Adam Pipe

He said: “The email stated without her presence and quick action the patient would have been beyond help.

“Not only did Liz save a stranger’s life, she also demonstrated the professionalism and highest standards of a police officer.”